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Archive for January 4th, 2015

Dhak dhak karne laga

Posted by Pepper on January 4, 2015

I have typed out the last two posts from the hospital bed side. This one too, is being written from the hospital. Given my circumstances, I think I am impressed with my own ability and willingness to keep up with the blogathon. Sure, I will quit if I find myself unable to cope at any point, but so far I’ve had the grit to keep going and that I believe is an achievement by itself.

Here is what happened. We took Daddy to the doctor that day. He examined the abscess and swelling on his chest, noted down his symptoms, went through his reports and then shook his head in disbelief. How could you not have come earlier? How did you allow this to get so bad before you sought medical help? We just stood there in silence, not knowing what to say. How can we explain Daddy’s irrational stubbornness to any sane individual, let alone a doctor?

Things moved very fast from there. That doctor never allowed us to go home. He got us to admit Daddy to the hospital right away. That was on Friday. His abscess is communicating with his lung and rib cage and looks like he may have to undergo another surgery. They’re still monitoring and investigating the damage.

Surprisingly, I am more relieved than worried. He is such a difficult person, I think we feel safer when he is tied down to a hospital bed. We’re also secure in the knowledge that he is in very good hands, being treated by the best doctors, in one of the best hospitals in Mumbai.

The only problem is that I find myself burning out. I stay in the hospital for long hours, sometimes from early morning to late night. It has been a little tiring. Mint has been around too and his presence is a big booster for me. But then, I am not sure if he will be able to be around from tomorrow. Anyway, I’ve had the beautiful sea for company. The hospital room’s window overlooks the sea and it has a nice, calming effect on me. I took these pics a little before 8 am today. See?


From the window..

From the window..


A little closer

A closer look

In the past few days, I’ve done it all from the hospital. I spent time staring at the sea, reading a book, I blogged, I chatted up and become friends with the adorable, elderly uncle in the next room. When I found myself really bored, I hooked up one of the machines to myself when Daddy had taken it off. I am not crazy. Just that, nobody was looking, all I had to do was put that clip like thing around my index finger and see my heart beat and patterns appearing on the monitor. I was curious to see how it worked.

My brilliance caused the alarms to begin beeping in all their glory. My heart rate was 116 beats per minute and apparently that is alarming? I was both, startled and scared in equal measure and took the damn thing off before somebody came to arrest me. Here’s a little secret. We tried it again when Mint was in the room. His heart rate was around 70 while mine climbed to 115 again. This time, it scared him too. When I took a few deep, calming breaths, it came down to around 101. What’s with my increased heart rate? Let me Google for more information. Or maybe not. Google scares me.

Anyway, that is all I can manage to write today. Got to go. See you tomorrow.

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